Prioritizing yourself isn’t easy. Whether your busy taking care of kids, an elderly parent, hustling at your job, or just life in general, it is sometimes hard to remember to take of yourself. This means getting adequate sleep, checking your blood sugar regularly, eating a proper diet and getting in physical activity. All of which can also help you better manage your diabetes and overall health. But finding the time is not an easy feat.
Here are 5 ways you can make the time for exercise:
Make an Appointment
Just like you schedule meetings, lunch dates, and family functions, your hour of exercise deserves a daily slot too. Once it is on your schedule, you can plan other commitments accordingly, and prioritize your health.
Many people spend a great deal of time preparing meals for themselves and their families. This can really eat up a good chunk of your free time. Think ahead and meal prep. You can easily prepare an entire week’s worth of meals in just a few hours, freeing up enough time each day to get yourself moving!
Work Within Your Confinements
Making time is easier said than done. And many people work long hours, two jobs, and have other responsibilities that do not afford a lot of free time. Get creative. There are things you can do, some like calisthenics throughout the day to keep your blood flowing. You can also look to invest in a desk bike or an under the desk elliptical. These gems are a worthy investment if you are unable to find time to go to a gym. It will allow you to work and work out at the same time!
Find a Workout Buddy
Staying accountable is a key to success, so having someone there to push you can only help you to achieve your goals. You would be more likely to take a long stroll at 6 am with some good conversation rather than go at it alone. Reach out to friends and see if they’d be interested, I bet you’d be surprised at the response!
Think Big Picture
We are often thinking of others before ourselves, which shows we care. We mustn’t forget the importance of making our health a priority, so we can be around for our loved ones for a long time to come. If you are bogged down with work or consumed with other things, remember health is wealth, and that must come first!
Putting ourselves first isn’t something we easily do, but it is important for our long-term health. A little bit of physical activity can go a long way in managing your diabetes and your overall health!
Have you found time for exercise despite being too busy? What motivates you on a day-to-day basis?
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